Eleventh Sunday after Trinity 12 August 2018 A.D.

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity     Morning Prayer             12 August 2018 A.D.

Ps 124,125                   Isaiah 26:12-16, 19                       Romans 8:26-39

                                     O God, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in
                                      showing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us
                                      such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of
                                      thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises,
                                      and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through
                                      Jesus Christ our Lord.                    Amen.
                                                                Romans 8:26-39
V 26–27: COMFORT
 In our groanings and problems within, we have the help of God’s Spirit in our weakness, who intercedes for us ‘according to the will of God’. Can we find comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us when we don’t even know the purpose? He who searches the hearts of mankind knows what is the mind of the Spirit.  He knows what is right for us at any given time, because he intercedes for us according to the will of God.  When we ponder our next move during times of crisis and infirmities, the Spirit makes intercession for us in a language we don’t know. “groanings which cannot be uttered.”..   We must seek that comfort that God has provided for us through the Holy Spirit.
V 28–30: CALLED 
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Those whom God has called can be absolutely certain that, in God’s sovereign purpose, everything will work together for their good. Their salvation is not an accident. God planned it in eternity, performed it in time, works it out in time, and will eventually perfect it in eternity. Our standing in Christ is absolutely watertight because of who He is and because He has chosen us and planned our way. For many, the previous three verses, are tough ones to get our human mind around. We always want to be in control.  We don’t like it when someone, especially God takes control.  This passage erases that concept. He is in control, has been since the beginning, and will be to the end. It is God’s purpose, not ours, He is our Creator, He is our Lord, it is His plan that does control the universe, not us. This certainty of salvation should bring comfort to us, especially when we are alone and lost in our doubts. “... according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;...”  Titus 1:1b-3.
If you take time to study the Word of God and focus on such terms as God’s sovereignty, salvation, security of faith/salvation, you will read over and over again, God’s plan for us, not our plan for God.   Very humbling, to say the least.

A whole range of problems, trials, disappointments, and suffering will come against the child of God. In all this he is to remember that God ‘did not spare His own Son’ but freely gave Him for us, and freely gives us all other things that we need. With God on our side as our Justifier, our Intercessor, our Lover, and our Keeper, we are more than conquerors ‘through Him who loved us’. Once saved by Christ, nothing at all in the past, present or future, and nothing on this earth or anywhere else is able to ‘separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. We conquer because we have the Conqueror living within and working for us.  Now let the Word of God show us the plan...
“... What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?.../  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord...”. 
 And if God is there in the worst of it, He is there through all of it. “...Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us...”.
Paul reminds us again of the great sacrifice that God the Father gave... “.... He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
And now the final surety of it all, our eternal Salvation: “...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?..”
Some days we seem to be lost as far as what we think we are supposed to be doing with our lives. Today, being the last Sunday before school starts for many of you, here are some thoughts to consider.   The time and energy that you spend in the “trenches” never seems to pay back.  There are days, weeks, and months of frustration, lack of progress, pressure from above, test scores, state scores, etc.  And yet each year, yes each day, we have to opportunity to shape the minds and lives of those young people we are charged with teaching. It may seem like a thankless task at times, and at times an endless task, but one day, it should pay off.  The most important aspect of your job is that you execute it with honesty, faithfulness, and integrity.  “If God be for us, who can be against us?”.   
   I trust that this year will be a successful year, that you are kept from harm, and that you will know that God is with you in all that you do.

Let us pray:
ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee, with thy gracious favour, to behold our universities, colleges, and schools, that knowledge may be increased among us, and all good learning flourish and abound; bless all who teach and all who learn; and grant that in humility of heart they may ever look unto thee, who art the fountain of all wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son’s Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                         Amen.
 O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen. 
THE LORD bless us, and keep us. The LORD make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The LORD lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, both now and evermore. Amen. 



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